Tag: Friedrich Nietzsche

Christian Humanist Profiles 96: The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche

Download this Episode At the end of his writing career, Friedrich Nietzsche writes one of the great lines of philosophical autobiography: “I am no man; I am dynamite.” But how does dynamite come to be dynamite? Does the explosion come from something in his genetic code? His family background? The circumstances of his historical moment?…

Christian Humanist Profiles 44: Miriam Leonard, Tragic Modernities

In its historical particularity tragedy had its first great moment in ancient Athens, when didaskaloi, educators, would compete for civic recognition staging increasingly elaborate exchanges of dramatic speeches.  And once the great Aeschylus and Sophocles and Euripides and, if Plato tells right, Agathon had their day, tragedy became a site for serious thinking in the…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #147: H.P. Lovecraft

David Grubbs gets spooky with Michial Farmer and Nathan Gilmour as the trio discusses the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Conversations range from literary influence to biological racism, with some discussions on artistic imagination thrown in for good measure. The stories at the core of the conversation are “The Call of Cthulhu,” “Arthur Jermyn,” and…

Christian Humanist Profiles 14: Philosophical Aesthetics for the Christian Thinker

The True.  The Good.  The Beautiful.  Such are the calls to arms for the Romantics and the Idealists, the philosophers as well as the poets.  All sorts of people praise the beautiful, but the disciplined philosophical exploration of the beautiful, in the natural world as well as in human works, has always been a battlefield…

Christian Humanist Profiles 12: Structuralism, Modern Literature, and Christianity

Anyone who’s spent any time at all with the New Testament is familiar with the opening sentences of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart…

Christian Humanist Profiles 10: Kierkegaard’s Concept of Faith

Ever since the English-speaking world discovered the work of Søren Kierkegaard in the middle part of the last century, he has been an indispensable part of the Western philosophical and theological traditions. He is seen, variously, as a precursor to movements as diverse as existentialism, poststructuralism, evangelicalism, and neo-orthodoxy. Few people make it through higher…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #140: Answers to Your Questions

We answer your emails today! If you’d like to be included on a future listener-feedback episode, send your comments, complaints, critiques, or criticism to thechristianhumanist@gmail.com. Here are the time marks for the individual emails and subjects, should you wish to skip ahead. [03:05] Mark Heard and listener feedback about listener feedback. (See below.) [04:29] Karl…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #126.1: Postmodernism 101

General Introduction – Snowpocalypse, Round Two – Sprezzatura, sprezzatura – Listener feedback – American folk The Postmodern Condition – The age of networked computers – Incredulity toward metanarratives – Speculation and emancipation – What counts as knowledge(s)? – Description or prescription Foucault – Structuralism begets poststructuralism – Power manifesting itself in society – Pessimistic description…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #5: Honoring the Question

One of the persistent heroes of philosophically minded folks is Socrates, the godfatherof question-askers, the Athenian philosopher, the drinker of hemlock. Although the Platonic dialogues never present him as entirely averse to speech-making, nonetheless, Socrates, in the Apology, famously describes himself as one who doesn’t relay divine wisdom to mortals so much as he asks questions…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #120: God Is Dead?

General Introduction – A bunch of listener feedback – Nathan defends the dark ages – Is country music rural? – More on metamodernism – Signifying rappers with David Foster Wallace – Episodes on spiritual disciples? – David Godot The Gay Science – Translating fröliche – Shattering boundaries – Nietzsche and homosexuality – The dismal science…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #116: The Empire Strikes Back

General Introduction – Danny’s first hosting stint! – Listener feedback – Analytic philosophy Background and Context – Why Lucas didn’t direct – The good student – How the movie was written – Keeping the actors in the dark I Am Your Father – What Hamill heard – Back to the monomyth – When did Lucas…